Less than an hour from Athens, Agistri is a ‘weekend darling’ of the Athenians. Set in the Saronic Gulf next to Poros, Spetses, Aegina, and Hydra it is perfect for island hopping as well. It is an island of extraordinary beauty with a lush green landscape and emerald, crystal-clear waters. It won’t disappoint you!
Agistri has the most breathtaking beaches, good hotels, and great taverns. Near Skala, one of the ports in Agistri, you will find the two best beaches, Dragonera and Aponissos. This is the perfect setting for relaxing and swimming. At Aponissos Beach you will have the opportunity to swim in a huge natural pool.
Skala – main port and town
Skala, the main port and town in Agistri has a fine selection of beach bars, restaurants, cafes, and traditional taverns, where you can enjoy fresh seafood and local dishes. From here you can catch one of the regular buses for Dragonera and Aponissos. Halikiada, the naturist beach is in walking distance from Skala.
Map of the Argo Saronic Gulf
Things to do in Agistri
Agistri is a small island and therefore ideal for hiking and biking. It is easy to get around to all the beautiful beaches and small villages on a bike.
With its crystal-clear emerald waters Agistri is a great destination for scuba diving. In Megalochori you will find some diving centers where you can rent equipment and book a diving course.
In Agistri you will have the opportunity to go horse riding in the green landscape along the coast. Aponissos Horse Riding offers a proper designed area where children of all ages can learn riding with safety.
Agistri – what to see?
Lake “Lekani” – a lovely wetland
Agistri is a tiny island, but it has nevertheless a lake on the southwestern side of the island by the name “Lekani”. It is a quite lovely wetland and home to rare species of plants and a variety of birds. The area is a perfect place for hiking and biking covered by a dense vegetation of pine trees.
Discover beautiful seaside churches
In Agistri there are three significant churches, first there is the church of Agioi Anargyroi located next to the beach of Skala. It is set in white with a blue dome. At the village of Metochi you will find the church of the Virgin Mary with a stunning view the sea specially during sunset. It is a regular hiking destination. In the village of Limenaria on the southern coast of Agistri you find the small church of Agia Kyriaki with its yellow dome.
Agistri Beach Guide
Small and green set in the Saronic Gulf Agistri is surrounded by amazing turquoise blue water. The beaches of Aponissos and Dragonera are famous for their great beauty. Find a list of the best beaches in the island of Agistri here.
• Aponissos Beach – Pebbled, located 8 km southwest of Megalochori
• Dragonera Beach – Pebbled, located 3 km southwest of Megalochori
Partly organized beaches
• Skala Beach – Sandy, family friendly, harbour, located 2 km east of Megalochori
• Megalochori Beach – Sandy, family friendly, harbour, located on the northern side of Agistri
• Chalikiada Beach – Pebbled, secluded, nudism friendly, located 4 km southwest of Megalochori
• Skliri Beach – Pebbled, secluded, located 3 km southeast of Megalochori
• Xekofti Beach – Pebbled, secluded, located 1 km west of Megalochori
• Mariza Beach – Pebbled, secluded, located 5 km south of Megalochori
• Bariama Beach – Pebbled, secluded, located 8 km southwest of Megalochori
• Magiza Beach – Pebbled, secluded, located 7 km southwest of Megalochori
Weather and climate in Agistri
Agistri has a very mild climate all year round. The summer months are hot, where day temperatures easily reach 36-38°C. During the afternoon and evening a cooling breeze help making the temperature more pleasant. During winter you will experience rainy days, this is the reason for the lush vegetation in the island. Winds are not strong in the Saronic Gulf, where spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit Agistri if you love hiking.
Agistri – how to get there?
The nearest airport to Agistri is Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”. It receives flights, domestic as well as international, all year round. Arriving in Athens airport you need to go to Piraeus port either by taxi or by the subway which can take you all the way from the airport. Once in Piraeus you can embark one of the daily ferries for Agistri. The trip lasts 1-2 hours depending on the vessel. Agistri is connected with Aegina as well.
Facts about Agistri
Agistri (meaning “fishing hook”) is a pine-covered island very close to the larger Saronic island of Aegina. The island can be reached from Aegina by a number of boats in just ten minutes. These boats include the Agistri Express and a number of small “water taxis”. There are only three settlements on Agistri – Milos (Megalohori), Skala and Limenaria. Milos is the main village where the majority of the Greek population of the island lives. Skala is a twenty-minute walk from Milos along the coastal road. Skala is where most of the tourist facilities and hotels are. Limenaria is a very small village on the other side of Agistri. The population is around 900 inhabitants. Agistri covers an area of 13.367 km².
If you are going on a trip to Athens, Agistri is a little gem in the Saronic Gulf perfect for getting away for a few days from the busy big city.